Booker Prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst has created a new version of Racine’s Berenice which will play the Donmar Warehouse later this year, starring Anne-Marie Duff in the title role.
The theatre’s new season, which was announced today by artistic director Josie Rourke, will also feature a revival of Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Rourke will direct Berenice, which will play from September 27 to November 24, with press night on October 2. Duff previously appeared at the Donmar in Days of Wine and Roses.
Meanwhile, Lyndsey Turner’s production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! will run from July 26 from September 22, with press night on July 31. The cast will be led by Rory Keenan and Paul Reid.
The full casting for The Physicists, which will run from May 21, has also been confirmed. It comprises Paul Bhattacharjee, Joanna Brookes, Oliver Coopersmith, Ben Hardy, John Heffernan, Adam McNamara, Miranda Raison, John Ramm, Justin Salinger, Sophie Thompson, Obioma Ugoala.
Rourke commented: “As I begin rehearsals for The Physicists, I’m thrilled to announce our new programme of work at the Donmar â€“ bringing two of our greatest living writers to our stage, Brian Friel and Alan Hollingsworth. Director Lyndsey Turner makes her Donmar debut directing Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come! – its portrait of youthful hope feels very right in this Olympic moment.
“We follow this with Man Booker Prize winner Alan Hollingsworth’s powerful new version of Racine’s breathtaking tragedy, Berenice. It offers at its core an extraordinary part for a woman, and I’m delighted to be directing Anne-Marie Duff in the title role.”